The melting pot gets its flavor from the Lower East Side, where Kosher-salted delis meet spicy Puerto Rican bodegas on Delancey Street. Eldridge Street echoes with klezmer and Chinese opera at the annual Egg Cream & Egg Roll Festival each June. Over on Bowery St, the New Museum of Contemporary Museum of Art induces double takes and the Bowery Ballroom will keep you up late. For New Yorkers who wax nostalgic about Manhattan before gentrification of the Bowery, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is an important reality check. Once you've seen the cramped living conditions that greeted arrivals fresh off the proverbial boat from Ellis Island, condos don't seem like such a bad alternative. Boutique hotels along Rivington and a high density of restaurants make the East Village a far more attractive landing spot for visitors today.
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Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around New York is by walking and using the subway. The subway and bus system generally runs 24 hours, with some exceptions. Taxis are readily available, but traffic can make it a costly and slow option.
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-JFK
  • LaGuardia Airport-LGA
  • Newark International Airport-EWR
Airport Taxis
  • $52 from JFK
  • $26 from LGA
  • $35 from EWR
  • (All rates are exclusive of bridge and tunnel tolls, which can range from $4-$6.)
Things to Do and See Near Lower East Side